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Cybils Awards 2019

Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards
Given by children’s and young adult book bloggers. The Cybils have only two criteria: literary merit and reader appeal. The winners and finalists are announced on the Cybils blog.

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      Hey, Kiddo

      by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

      Feb 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      2019 Winner, Young Adult Graphic Novels
      In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
      Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
      Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
      Author's note. Note on the art. Full-color illustrations.

      Death Eaters: Meet Nature’s Scavengers

      by Kelly Milner Halls

      Oct 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2019 Winner, Middle Grade Non-Fiction
      What happens to the bodies of animals and humans after death? Nature's army of death eaters steps in to take care of clean up. Without these masters of decomposition, our planet would be covered in rotting bodies. This high-interest science text dives into the science behind how bodies decompose.
      Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color diagram and photographs.

      The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

      by John Hendrix

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      2019 Winner, Senior High Non-Fiction
      A gripping account of a pastor who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to free the German people from oppression during World War II. Epilogue. Author’s note. Note on research process and historical accuracy. Selected bibliography. Notes. Index. Full-color illustrations created with hand-drawn pencil and digital brushes, then colored digitally.

      Sadie

      by Courtney Summers

      Oct 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2019 Winner, Young Adult Fiction
      Determined to find her sister’s murderer, Sadie leaves home—and disappears. When a radio personality hears Sadie’s story, he becomes obsessed with finding her and starts a podcast.

      Tess of the Road

      by Rachel Hartman

      Jun 2018

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      2019 Winner, Young Adult Speculative Fiction
      In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things.

      The Parker Inheritance

      by Varian Johnson

      May 2018

      Advanced Readers

      2019 Winner, Middle Grade Fiction
      $16.99  $16.00  Member Price
      The letter waits in a book . . . in a box . . . in an attic . . . in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. Author’s note.
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